Julie Parry, Chair
Julie has over 30 years experience as a teacher and leader in schools, often in areas with few natural advantages. She has extensive experience of bringing about significant improvements in the education offered to the children in her care. In retirement, Julie maintains a strong link with education as a Trustee of a leading Multi Academy Trust. Julie has a life long love of the natural world and is a keen walker in, and photographer of, her local countryside and the wildlife and plant life to be found there.
Andy Topley, Vice Chair
Andy has a 40 year career in architecture, planning and regeneration, latterly as Chief Executive of Sheffield One and Director of Regeneration at Creative Sheffield. Born in Mosborough, he has lived in the Peak District and Matlock area for almost 40 years.
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David is based in Sheffield, where he spends much of his time in the magnificent countryside on his doorstep as a director and active member of Dark Peak Fell Runners. He was a lecturer in journalism at the University of Sheffield, a senior journalist with BBC Sheffield, a trade union official and a CPRE campaigner in the local green belt. He created the Bradfield Boundary Run in 1994 and has kept it going every year since; and he helped with social media communications during the recent Sheffield street trees campaign.
A very keen walker and traveller who previously lived in London and Hampshire, Robert decided to retire to Sheffield to be near the Peak District. With experience of international and corporate banking, insurance and investments, together with a second career at HM Revenue & Customs, Robert brings a financial and commercial outlook to the Board’s decisions.
Faith is managing director of the Environmental Quality Mark Community Interest Company, which runs the Environmental Quality Mark award scheme on behalf of the Peak District National Park Authority. She lives on a working upland farm in the Peak District, helps manage the beef herd and keeps a small flock of rare breed white-faced woodland sheep.
Ruth grew up in rural Staffordshire and has been living in the Peak District for a number of years. With over 22 years’ HR experience within the NHS, Ruth currently holds the position of Head of Human Resources for a local NHS trust, leading the development of Workforce Health, Wellbeing and Inclusion. She is a keen cook, traveller and hill-walker with a passion for the natural world, specifically the conservation and protection of bird-life. When not working, Ruth can often be found on top of a hill with her energetic border collie, Maggie, looking for skylarks.
Originally from Sheffield, Corinna now lives in the Peak District. She is a solicitor with a local firm and also acts as a trustee for the charity, Challenge Cancer Through Adventure.
Corinna loves outdoors pursuits and in her free time, can usually be found with climbing shoes, muddy running shoes or a mountain bike, somewhere on or below a Peak District crag.
Les came to Sheffield as a student, returning soon after to work for the City on sustainable development, more recently as Head of Planning and finally as Director of Regeneration and Development. Passionate about the Peak he is a local cycle leader and keen hiker.
Steve has had a 40 year career as a countryside and rights of way manager, working for South Yorkshire County Council, Barnsley MBC, Cheshire County Council and Sheffield City Council. He is a former adviser, on countryside access issues, to the Association of Metropolitan Authorities and was a member of the House of Commons Rights of Way Review Committee. His Interests include hill walking, travel, natural history and photography. Steve lives on the eastern boundary of the Peak on the edge of moorland.